Alexandru Lucian Bogdan

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Photograph by @JohnStanmeyer Heading early to @natgeo seminar for meetings, crossing a lovely wet #bridge on #I

This week-end's #lpinstatakeover is by intrepid #lonelyplanet writer and photographer @stuartbutler1974. The picture: a chimpanzee in Kibale Forest Uganda, #Africa. The story behind it: "I first visited Uganda’s Kibale forest some 20yrs ago when a project was just getting under way to habituate some of the forests many chimpanzees to a human presence. Back then I got only the most fleeting of glimpses of the chimps. Years later I returned in order to spend a full day in the forest with a ranger learning about his work and seeing the chimps up close. It was hard to believe how nonchalant the chimps were in our presence and I photographed this one from just a few metres away as it lazed in a tree. I’ve visited all the major chimp reserves in East Africa and I think Kibale might be my favourite." - Stuart Butler Stay tuned to our feed for more photos to come over the week-end from Stuart. Or, check out more of his work at stuartbutlerjournalist.com and facebook.com/stuartbutlerjournalist. #travel

Green and gold

Kepler 438b: Most Earth-like planet ever discovered could be home for alien life

New discovery is likely to be a rocky world in the ‘Goldilocks’ zone of its parent star where the temperature is just right for liquid water to flow<p>An alien world that orbits a distant star in the constellation of Lyra may be the most Earth-like planet ever found outside the solar system.<p>The …

The 12 most important moments in science in 2014

Virgin Galactic’s Spaceship Two crashed – and then, 300m miles away, Philae landed on a comet. From the distant origins of humans to our future on the planet, 12 leading scientists pick their key moments and stories of the year<p>1 The West Antarctic ice sheet enters irreversible decline<p><b>13 January</b><p>In …

Tony Benn remembered by Saffron Burrows

3 April 1925-14 March 2014 The actor and longtime friend of the Labour politician recalls a tireless activist who loved people, talking – and tea<p>See the Observer’s obituaries of 2014 in full<p>Stuart Hall remembered by David Lammy<p>It feels like there was my life before Tony died, and my life now. We …

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20 years after Longitude... rewriting “villainous” Maskelyne @beckyfh

A new book on a Georgian Astronomer Royal reveals that there was a great deal more to Nevil Maskelyne than being clockmaker John Harrison’s bête noire<p>Those who have heard of the 18th-century astronomer Nevil Maskelyne are likely to have come across him as the nemesis of the clock-maker, John …

2,500-year-old Egyptian mummy removed from coffin

Conservation efforts begin on body of 14-year-old Minirdis, found in 19th century at Nile burial site and brought to the Chicago Field Museum in the 1920s<p>A mummy left its coffin for the first time in 2,300 years this week after several tense moments as scientists lifted the wooden lid.<p>The body, …

Animals out in the cold - in pictures

Japanese Macaques have a ‘hot tub culture’ and Emperor penguins huddle

Airline's flight number changed 'due to clairvoyant's prediction'

The Brazilian airline TAM changed one of its flight numbers after a clairvoyant predicted a plane bearing the original number would crash shortly after take-off.<p>Jucelino Nobrega da Luz, who says he predicted the deaths of Princess Diana and Brazilian motor racing legend Ayrton Senna, told …

Elon Musk: Our Savior, The Supervillain

How one technology mogul's terror of extinction serves the human race<p>This month, Elon Musk reminded us once again why he's the most entertaining executive alive. In an online comment that's since been deleted, Musk wrote about his fears concerning artificial intelligence (AI) research and how fast …